Fish & Wildlife
Natural Resources Building
1111 Washington St. SE
Olympia, WA 98501
600 Capitol Way N.
Olympia, WA 98501-1091
July - August 2014
May - June 2014
March - April 2014
January - February 2014
- The department is considering amendments to rules relating to the recreational and commercial smelt fishery in Puget Sound to address conservation and orderly fisheries issues.
- Each year state, federal and tribal fishery managers gather to plan the Northwest's recreational and commercial salmon fisheries. This series of public meetings, known as the North of Falcon process, involves federal, state, tribal and industry representatives and concerned citizens. Rules based on North of Falcon recommendations change from year to year to reflect resource availability and to achieve conservation goals.
The department revised the salmon rules for recreational anglers so that the rules are realistic, considering the availability of salmon to be caught, and so the rules aid the department in achieving its salmon conservation goals.
The department revised the salmon rules for commercial anglers in Willapa Bay and Grays Harbor so that the rules help the department meet salmon spawning goals, minimize bycatch or incidental fishing impacts, monitor and sample all fisheries, maintain the economic well-being and stability of the fishing industry, fully utilize the non-Indian allowable catch, and fairly allocate harvest opportunity between gear groups.
The department revised the salmon rules for commercial anglers in Puget Sound so that the rules help the department meet salmon spawning goals, minimize bycatch or incidental fishing impacts, monitor and sample all fisheries, maintain the economic well-being and stability of the fishing industry, fully utilize the non-Indian allowable catch.
- The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is considering rule amendments relating to the commercial harvest of mackerel in the coastal sardine purse seine fishery. This proposal will establish a jack (Carangidae) and mackerel (Scombridae) incidental catch limit of 45% of total landed catch, by weight, in the directed Pacific sardine fishery. The commercial sardine purse seine limited entry program established in 2009 did not provide for the landing of jacks (Carangidae) and mackerels (Scombridae) in the directed fishery. This proposal will allow catch to include jacks (Carangidae) and/or mackerels (Scombridae). This proposal also clarifies language and improves rule structure.
- The Department is considering rule making for the following: deer and elk seasons and permits; cougar seasons and regulations; black bear seasons and regulations; mountain goat, bighorn sheep, and moose seasons, permits, and regulations; bighorn sheep marking requirements; game bird regulations; small game seasons; landowner hunting permit program; deer and elk area boundaries; game management units, special closures and firearm restriction areas; unlawful methods for hunting; hunting equipment rules; special hunting season permits, hunters with disabilities, and other hunting regulations. Amendments are needed to provide clarification, expand recreational opportunity, and mitigate wildlife conflicts, while maintaining sustainable game populations.
- The Department is considering rule amendments to the list of oyster drill restricted shellfish areas.
- The Department must annually amend recreational clam and oyster season rules on some public tidelands in response to shellfish population changes, shifts in recreational effort, conservation issues, and negotiations with treaty tribes and other state agencies. Such amendments are designed to perpetuate shellfish resources while maximizing recreational fishing opportunity.
- The department must amend recreational fishing rules on an annual basis to respond to fish population changes, Fish and Wildlife Commission assignments, housekeeping needs, and conservation issues. The department is considering changes to WAC 232-28-619, Washington food fish and game fish – Freshwater exceptions to statewide rules, to allow a 16-fish daily limit for walleye on the San Poil River, and to prohibit fishing from boats equipped with an internal combustion motor on the Naselle River, year-round. The department may consider additional recreational fishing changes if necessary.